Politics

Hollywood Filmmakers Given Special Access to Bin Laden Raid Info

| by Michael Allen

The Obama administration arranged for Kathryn Bigelow (pictured, left) and Mark Boal, the director and screenwriter of  the Oscar-winning film 'The Hurt Locker,' to have special access to officials about the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden last May.

Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group, posted government documents [which confirm this], under the Freedom of Information Act, on its website Tuesday.

Judicial Watch also claims to have a Pentagon email that says the Glover Park Group, a lobbying group with ties to the Democratic Party, helped set up this special access.

Bigelow and Boal were given the identity of a SEAL team member involved in the bin Laden killing and shown the top-secret "vault" where the operation was planned. However, they are not allowed to reveal the team member's name.

Their movie, 'Zero Dark Thirty,' about the raid on bin Laden's compound, will premiere in December.

The access, that Boal and Bigelow had, raises questions as to why they should have information that U.S. citizens do not.

Jennifer Youngblood, a CIA agency spokeswoman, defended the access to the movie makers, which regular citizens do not have: "The CIA has been open about our engagement with writers, documentary filmmakers, movie and TV producers, and others in the entertainment industry."

"Our goal is an accurate portrayal of the men and women of the CIA, their vital mission and the commitment to public service that defines them. The protection of national security equities is always paramount in any engagement with the entertainment industry."

Pentagon spokesman George Little added: "The Department of Defense, as well as other agencies and departments, regularly engage with the entertainment industry to inform projects ranging from books to documentaries to feature films."